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Cavaliers fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff despite back-to-back playoffs appearances and steady progress

May. 23, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — J.B. Bickerstaff won and still lost his job. He dragged the Cleveland Cavaliers through some turbulent seasons, getting them back to the playoffs and deeper into the postseason than they've been without LeBron James on the roster in more than 30 years. ...

Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff after 4+ seasons and a loss in the second round of the playoffs

May. 23, 2024 10:58 AM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff after 4+ seasons and a loss in the second round of the playoffs.

Mavericks stand tall against Timberwolves with big effort around the rim

May. 23, 2024 01:19 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Few teams can match the size of the Minnesota Timberwolves with their trio of towers in NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, four-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns and Sixth Man of the Year Naz Reid. The revamped Dallas Mavericks showed they might just be...

Doncic leads strong close by Mavericks for 108-105 win over Wolves in Game 1 of West finals

May. 23, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luka Doncic led a strong finish for the Dallas Mavericks, swishing crucial shots down the stretch, drawing a couple of fouls and even playing strong defense. The Mavericks might not be the favorites in yet another series, but they stole home-court advantage from...

James extends his All-NBA appearance record, while Doncic, Gilgeous-Alexander set for supermax deals

May. 22, 2024 20:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is now the youngest — and the oldest — player to make an All-NBA team. And Dallas' Luka Doncic and Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are in position to make around $1 million per game a few years from now. Denver's Nikola Jokic and...

Celtics and Pacers will try to overcome bad habits heading to Game 2 of East finals

May. 22, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — There was a dominant refrain ringing in Jayson Tatum’s head following the Celtics’ comeback 133-128 overtime win over the Pacers to open the Eastern Conference finals. “Don’t relax,” he said. In each of the previous two rounds, Boston opened...

Brunson has surgery to repair broken left hand, and Knicks say Bogdanovic also underwent procedure

May. 22, 2024 11:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jalen Brunson has had surgery to repair the broken left hand he sustained while the New York Knicks were losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Knicks also said Wednesday that reserve Bojan Bogdanovic had surgery on his left wrist. No details were...

Tatum scores 36, Brown hits 3 to force OT and Celtics edge Pacers 133-128 in Game 1 of East finals

May. 22, 2024 01:32 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics entered the playoffs expecting to get everyone’s best shot. The East’s top seed barely survived a tough one to open the Eastern Conference finals. Jayson Tatum scored 36 points, including 10 in overtime after Jaylen Brown's tying...

Haliburton's turnovers cost Pacers, who blow late lead against Celtics in Game 1 of East finals

May. 22, 2024 00:48 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Indiana Pacers kept turning the ball over, and just like that they handed a victory to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Tyrese Haliburton had two key turnovers – one at the end of regulation, and another in overtime – to help...

Towns treasures Timberwolves' trip to West finals as Doncic-Irving duo hits stride for Mavericks

May. 21, 2024 18:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The road Karl-Anthony Towns has taken with the Minnesota Timberwolves to reach the Western Conference finals has been far more lonely and rocky than smooth and straight. For all the setbacks and struggles over nine NBA seasons that largely overshadowed the...